Last Friday afternoon, company organized an outing to one famed brand fan factory and several newly built museums in Hangzhou. Actually I have already visited some of the museums before but this time I realize more about the conversion from these pretty nice travel resources to our travel packages.
When I answered the questions from Tripadvisor Hangzhou forum posts before, I usually offer my personal suggestion to those who have not yet determined the real travel plan in Hangzhou. China Fan Museum, China Umbrella Museum, China Knives and Scissors and Swords Museum, the three themed museums are built along the oldest bridge(Gongcheng Bridge, 拱宸桥) of Hangzhou Grand Canal. Until now I still remember in spring time this year, I strolled around this historic area with my friend, and one foreign couple who held a travel map is so exciting to see the vivid scene here, it is a sunny day that day with spring breeze, people walked leisurely across the old bridge, some of them were flying kites and some kids were roller-skating. Under the warm sunlight, the old bridge and grand canal made a contrast with the neighboring modern building and residence houses. Along the canal bank there are some restaurants, cafe bars and tea houses, each time my friends visit Hangzhou, I will undoubtedly take them here to enjoy half a day.
Fan enjoys a long history and culture in China but I think most of foreign friends even myself don’t know so much knowledge of deep fan culture. The above photo shows the most common fan which is daily used in China, people use it to get rid of heat during summer. In the museum, you are walking like crossing a historical time shuttle and take a look at different functions of fans using in different Chinese dynasties. The below photo clearly shows that the usage of fan in traditional Chinese opera.
As I mentioned in my part one article, sightseeing is just a part but absolutely not all for a pleasant travel, this Friday I felt so glad to visit the newly opened Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion in this area, just besides China Fan Museum. Visitors can directly participate in the hand crafted process such as fan making in this pavilion if an appointment is made in advance. Remember my last year blog about our client experience of Hangzhou educational Tour? The last photo which Debbie and Johanna took is from the real experience to draw their own Chinese fans, interesting?